Once for the experience, a second time to make sure I don’t like it.
Back story: I was walking along, minding my business, and I noticed this quote posted on someone’s cube wall:
It seemed to come at an opportune time. With the new year and along with everyone else, I’ve been taking stock of my life. It feels like it’s a bit stagnate. I know that Hubby and I have been out of survival mode for a few solid years now and are working our way up Maslow’s Hirearchy. Getting past the foundation seems to bring all those first world problems like self enlightenment and all that garbage. Since I’m not quitting my day job to busk my way across America any time soon I wanted to start small.
How small you might ask?
It came to me this morning as I was reviewing the absolutely boring coordinated skirt and cardigan I laid out for myself last night before bed. I had 10 minutes to scrap that idea and come up with a new one but there was one problem: I’m such a chicken when it comes to my wardrobe! As a life long fat girl, I’ve had my trials and tribulations building my wardrobe. By now I know what works on my body and what is flattering. However, I have yet to master the fine art of mixing patterns.
Then I recalled a post I came across on Nouveau North Westerners where Ms. Alison’s pattern mixing left me a little uneasy but delightfully titillated. How can I get in on that? Today was my day!
I didn’t have the chance to take the outfit for a test drive at the grocery store (shut up, you know you do it too!) and certainly at 6:30 this morning no time to research the rules of mixing patterns. So, I just went for it. Yes, in the back of my mind the thought that even if I look terrible surely, it wouldn’t be worse than neglecting to brush my teeth or that one time in Vegas. My logical brain knows it’s dumb but even something as small as stepping out of my comfort zone by mixing up my clothing coordination – had me a little shook! If I’m honest though, after lunch I forgot all about what I was wearing thus proving once again, it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it. Be wrong strong y’all!
The result: nailed it? I’ll have to try it twice more to make sure.
What are you tried and true tips for mixing patterns? Lawd knows I could use some help!